SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Rene Le Feuvre

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Rene Le Feuvre.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin?

It actually all began at high-school… I’d never sang before and for some reason decided to audition for our school musical Peter Pan. The next thing I knew I got the lead role and basically it all started from there!

What had you first interested in music?

My parents both sing and play instruments, so it was always around me and something I wanted to do. My parents put me in piano lessons in primary school, and when I was 12 I started teaching myself the guitar.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

Great music can move people, influence people, even save people. To have an ability to “speak” to someone in this form is an incredible gift and something I will never take for granted, and that’s why I do what I do.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?

I want to tour internationally and play on the biggest stages around the world. Right now my goal is to hit a million streams on Spotify… once I achieve that I’ll move onto the next goal and so on… it’s kinda a never-ending process and it’s how I am fulfilled.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
A tour to Melbourne and Sydney in July! Along with some more music releases 😉

Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?

My EP was very much a singer-songwriter with different flavours of pop, rock, folk, and soul. It was definitely me discovering my sound and trying different things, and had a lot of deep thoughts in it. For me is a document of that time in my life.

Success, what is the secret to it?
Passion, work ethic, and just the right amount of crazy.

What has been your biggest career highlight?

This is a really hard question… it’s hard to top the Peter Pan thing actually! I can’t describe the feeling but it was so relieving and emotional because I’d taken this leap of faith and it had pulled off. I’m really proud of myself for throwing myself in the deep end like that, especially as a “cool footy boy” at school, took a lot of guts haha!

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Ed Sheeran, Michael Rosenburg (Passenger), Eminem

Any new projects in the pipeline?
A new EP!

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

Honestly I have no bloody clue haha! I hope to see myself amongst the top calibre of artists in Australia and be doing well internationally.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Matt Corby, Flume, Sia, Pnau

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

Business is business and the music industry is forever changing! I hate that social media is such a huge 24/7 part of my job but I also love it because I can connect with my listeners so easily and can reach more people than ever before. I do hate though that platforms like onlyfan’s can make people thousands but streaming services pay artists less than a cent per stream for their hours of dedication and sacrifice… it’s a little bit backwards, but at the end of the day it’s not about the money so I’m grateful for the opportunity to have my music heard in almost every country in the world.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?

Thank you for supporting local music and please if you have two seconds, follow me on Spotify and check out my tunes!!

Website https://www.renelefeuvre.com
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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Darlinghurst

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Aussie group Darlinghurst.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

We all together through a mutual producer Pete Dacy, who knew all of us through separate projects and sessions. When he picked up on all of us liking the idea of doing original projects, he basically got us all in contact with each other to see what happened and if sparks flew. Now we are here!

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

I think for us what motivates us is the fact that we want to make the best music that we can and using the different styles that each of us bring to create something that is uniquely Darlinghurst

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?

Our biggest goal is to be able to continue writing and performing and make a solid living doing what we love. For our songs to be universally recognised would also be very special

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

In the coming months we hope to start gigging a whole lot more. We are also in the process of finishing off our debut album. If we get the chance to tour in the near future that would be something we would absolutely love

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

Our latest release is Called ‘Where Do We Go’ and it really about spending time with the ones that mean the most, travelling in the same direction and really enjoy every moment along the way. I think we would best describe our music is country with portions of styles from all 4 members blended together.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?

I think every song is slightly different. We are lucky that all 4 of us write and get inspiration from so many different spaces and experiences that we have been through. We are all so open to ideas that we all have to ultimately create something uniquely us.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

Maybe… but if we told you it wouldn’t be hidden anymore. Haha

Success, what is the secret to it?

We have no idea. We love that we have the opportunity for write and sing together and do what we love and for us that means more than anything else.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

In our very short career thus far we have had some mind blowing highlights and opportunities from supporting some of Australia’s most iconic artists including The Black Sorrows, Thirsty Merc and Cad and Morris to performing on the red carpet at the Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth but I think the craziest thing we have down was playing at Rochford Winery with the one and only Jimmy Barnes.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

How much time have we got…? Haha no we find the most inspiring artists are the ones who keep grounded, respectful and really stands by their art and their vision.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

At the moment our main focus is finishing this debut album but we definitely have a few things up our sleeve but you may just have to wait for that.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?

Hopefully still all together, writing, touring and continuing our Darlinghurst journey

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

Our favourite part would definitely have to be getting to do what we love and experiencing it all together. Not a lot of people get to do what they love and we are really blessed to be able to do that. The least favourite part would probably have to be being away at times from the people that we love the most but we are lucky that we have each other.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

Wow this is a very hard question as we have so many. Jimmy Barnes, Thirsty Merc, The Myclymonts, John Farnham, Diesel, The Black Sorrows and ACDC would just be a very small start.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

As an artist there is a part of you that just has to go along with how things are changing to help get our music out there. I think though especially for us performing live is the most impactful way of getting our music out it is one of our favourite things to do and people can really see who we are and how much we love making our music and sharing with whoever will listen.

How do you plan on cracking the international market?

At the moment we are just focusing on getting our album finished and then we will start working on some sort of plan. The ongoing pandemic has obviously changed a lot of plans for everyone, but we will keep at it and we will find a way to put the word out there as best we can.

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?

Yes we do collaborate with others. A handful of our songs( including Where Do We Go) have been written with the acoustic/pop duo Dacy. We are always working out of the same studio and around each other so ideas have flowed during coffee breaks etc. They are very talented writers so we feel blessed we get to spend so much time with them. In regards to a wish-list, we’d love to collaborate with anyone that shares a similar vision and who’s just as excited about the writing process as we are.

What advice do you give for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

There is quite a lot of advice we could give to people wanting to do the exact same thing that we are trying to do but I think the most important things are patience, persistence and hard work. You can never be the best but if you constantly are working at your craft and working to better yourself and as a band you can’t go wrong. This industry is full of ups and downs and you just need to push through especially if the love is there. You definitely need to have a love of music over anything else to be in this industry. 

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your fans?

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. If it wasn’t for people loving what we are doing and following our music, it would be so hard to build yourself in this industry. Fans and music lovers are the heart of it and if we can connect to people through our music then for us, that means the world. We try to interact in all ways whether it be through social media, through gigs and just people reaching out to us. We are so grateful for people enjoying our music, so interacting with them makes us really happy.

Any last words?

Love what you do and be kind. Right now in the world we live in, its so important to make the most of the life we have, so we need to grab and never let go.

Website & Tour Dates: darlinghurst-band.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/darlinghurstband/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/darlinghurstband/

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Adam Faybrem

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Australian singer/songwriter Adam Faybrem.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry? When I was 4 years old, I remember switching on MTV and Rage and seeing all heavy height Pop and RnB artists from Cher to Madonna, Michael Jackson and Usher. I said to myself I wanted to become a great entertainer one day and be able to spark joy in others and inspire others how I was inspired. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? Life scenarios and listening to other artists create this is where I get my influences from. Also always having a message, you want to put out into the world, whether it would about you and your personal experiences or someone else’s view of a certain event in their life. 

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish? Make the world a better place, even if it means financial contribution, I always had that in my heart to make the world great again. Also winning a Grammy or 2 hehe… 

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? I started planning recently as soon as my album drops around July, and then I am going to plan a tour hoping this pandemic dies down quickly. 

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music? Everytime is my 2nd single off my upcoming album “Disco Galaxy” and I heavily express the love for a person you thought would never show interest in you, I mention how much I want of that and never wanting to lose them. The style of this whole album is Pop, Disco and EDM, So I am giving everyone a little bit of everything in one album.

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs? If something happens to me personally, I can be quick to write down how I felt in a song, sometimes it comes from past experiences in life or events. My strongest writing point is basically third person view type of writing where I see someone going through something or if a friend or a family member tells me an experience, I quickly jolt that down. 

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? There are hidden meanings in all songs from all artists and as for me, I am the king of controversy so I do have messages and meanings but I’ll let listeners decode the album. 

Success, what is the secret to it? This is a really good question from what I see success I feel its being honest with yourself, loving yourself as much as possible. Putting out good and truthful relatable content so that people can relate to you also your characteristics reflecting on anything you do comes to show the real success a person or an artist brings, helping people in any way you can this applies to yourself. That I feel is true success it’s showing purpose fulfilling life duties and not just being a glorified monument. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far? Sitting at number 10 in the UK charts back in 2013 – 2014 it happened so quick and that is probably my greatest achievement in music so far, hopefully I break into more charts with this album in the next coming months.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Freddie Mercury, I watched the movie bohemian rhapsody and I never knew how rough he had it in his personal and music life this really sparked new flames in me. I can list probably 20 stars but the main people are as mentioned. I will include Michael Jackson and David Bowie and Tony Bennet, Cher, Madonna, Justin Timberlake. Growing up I had too many, but in more recent years I would say Drake, Sia, Lady Gaga, Chris Brown.

Are there any new projects in the pipeline? There are a few which include acting, some that are Netflix featured, but due to the pandemic since last year everything was put on hoping it all commences end of year. 

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years? I will be completely honest and say I have no idea; I could lie and say a billionaire living in the Bahamas but the world and the industry is constantly changing who knows where any of us might be. I am hoping though to see myself as a great inspiring, innovative artist to the rest of the world.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why? Being able to always express yourself freely, having a mind of your own with no one telling you what to do. On the other note always trying to maintain a particular consistent product, which sometimes doesn’t cater to most.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists. Sia, Iggy Azalea, Vanessa Amorosi, Delta Goodrem, Jessica Mauboy. 

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? I have seen it evolve with my own eyes being in the heart of Hollywood to the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne to my bedroom. Because of technology and social media, it’s easier to make records and release them on your own. We know major labels always have the key’s, but if you get lucky and strategize there is always a way in. It’s rare to see that success come from such a plan, but releasing music to the world means everything. Because I mentioned earlier that when you make relatable content and people enjoy it and feel the emotions you are feeling, and when they understand what you go through and for some to come and tell you about it, that really is a good feeling. 

How will you continue appealing to the international market? Very simple maintaining your image and staying on trend its mediocre but it works.  

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list? When I was doing ambassador work for iHeartRadio, we held events with Kiss fm for artists like Adam Lambert, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande. I got to write a song for Shawn but his team refused it haha.. I also had a song writing session with AJ McLean from the Backstreet Boys but that single got dropped in 2018. I would love to work with anyone really, I am open minded and hate to miss out on opportunities.  

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?  Don’t make silly mistakes always read over every business contract twice. Think about your decisions and actions before making or doing them. Don’t be afraid to show who you truly are, and never comprise your creative output. 

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans? Twitter and Instagram, I try to respond to everyone on Instagram but some dm’s need to stay unopened because they are either inappropriate or spam haha. 

Any last words? Yeah, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch6ViIuQpl8

Website: www.adamfaybrem.com      

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adamfaybrem

Twitter: www.twitter.com/adamfaybrem

Instagram: www.instagram.com/adamfaybrem